The city council of Estepona (Malaga) has recalled that, for the third consecutive year, the beach is non-smoking. The municipal councilor attached to the Beaches delegation, Susana Aragon, explained that the Andalusian government came back this year to accredit that the city has a space on the beach of La Rada where smoking is prohibited.
It occupies an area of approximately 1,000 square meters and enjoys high attendance due to its location and proximity to a water park. In this sense, the mayor pointed out that it is an area where families with children are concentrated, and therefore it is particularly logical that the beach is non-smoking.
Aragon explained that this smoke-free beach was first activated in 2019 to promote healthy lifestyles and improve the health of beach users. In this regard, he recalled that smoking is the main preventable cause of disease, disability and premature death in the world and that in Europe alone it causes more than 1.2 million deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The councilor pointed out that this non-smoking zone in La Rada aims to raise awareness of the importance of preventing tobacco residues from remaining on the coast. In this regard, she recalled that each cigarette butt deposited in the sand or on the shore can contaminate up to 50 liters of water. In addition, the chemical composition of the cigarette causes it to take nearly ten years to degrade, causing damage to both the seabed and the species that inhabit it.
To all this we must add that the fact that Estepona has a non-smoking beach “also contributes to improving the image of the city’s coast, since more and more people want to have public spaces where they do not suffer the inconvenience of snuff”.
On the other hand, the municipal responsible for Beaches explained that to make the beaches more accessible to everyone, Estepona offers a daily assisted bathing service for people with reduced mobility. This activity, which is free, will be available until September 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Users have this service, for the second consecutive year, in the beaches of La Rada (Monterroso module) and El Cristo. In both enclaves there are socio-sanitary technicians and adapted equipment, which includes amphibious chairs, adapted deck chairs, sand walkers and sets of amphibious crutches.
This article is translated to you from the newspaper 20 minutos of July 13, 2021.
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